NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas is becoming a “sports rich” region and now there’s a call for the creation of a sports commission.
With a Super Bowl, World Series and other big sporting events under our belts, Council of Governments transportation director Michael Morris says the creation of a sports commission for Dallas/Fort Worth needs to be considered.
Morris told officials with the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition that a commission could encourage more national sporting events for the metroplex.
“As we approach the men’s Final Four and future NBA All-Star games and hopefully more amateur athletics within the region, I think a sports commission is probably something this region should consider,” he said.
To support his claims Morris pointed to the extensive planning required ahead of Super Bowl XLV and how that shows the need for more organized planning. “These aren’t special events, these are regular events. These happen all the time,” said Morris. “There’s some discussion about when the region will go for another Super Bowl attempt [and] there’s starting to be some discussion about an Olympic bid.”
According to Morris, having a commission could mean more NCAA events coming to North Texas. “Maybe we need to create a sports commission so you can maintain this level of effort, if it’s the men’s Final Four which is coming up or a TCU football game.”
In addition to national sporting events Morris believes a commission could help spur more non-sporting events as well. “You’re gonna be looking a Democrat and Republican conventions one day and you’re gonna want this foundation to continue to grow,” he said. “I think if the region creates a sports commission then these things could just happen regular, and hopefully more amateur athletics.”
The topic, during the regular monthly meeting of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition, was part of a discussion on how North Texas traffic was handled during Super Bowl week.